Melanoma is on the rise

Melanoma is on the rise

Summer is here and there is tons of fun to be had outdoors in the sun.  Enjoy yourself, but please be sun smart.  The risks of melanoma are real, so always provide UV protection for you and your family members!

To highlight the importance of UV protection, below is an excerpt from today’s Texas Medical Association’s Daily Headlines:

CDC: Incidence Of Melanoma Has Doubled In The US In The Last 30 Years.

The Los Angeles Times (6/3, Kaplan) “Science Now” blog reports that “the incidence of melanoma…has doubled in the U.S. in the last 30 years and is on track to remain high unless Americans take more precautions to protect themselves from ultraviolet radiation, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said” yesterday. The “Vital Signs study” was “published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.” The blog adds that while “Melanomas account for only 2% of skin cancers…they are the deadliest kind, according to the National Cancer Institute.”

On its website, CBS News (6/3, Cohen) reports that in a statement, Dr. Lisa Richardson, the director of the CDC’s Division of Cancer Prevention and Control, said, “The rate of people getting melanoma continues to increase every year compared to the rates of most other cancers, which are declining.” Meanwhile, “CDC director Dr. Tom Frieden offered some common-sense advice to reduce the risk: ‘Protect yourself from the sun by wearing a hat and clothes that cover your skin. Find some shade if you’re outside, especially in the middle of the day when the dangerous rays from the sun are most intense, and apply broad-spectrum sunscreen.’”

Melanoma Rates Up Among US Children, Young Adults. Health Day (6/3, Dallas) reports that research indicates that “melanoma…has increased by 250 percent among U.S. children and young adults since the 1970s.” The findings were presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting.

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